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Stories by Beth Accomando

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Rants And Raves: 'Taste'

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Filmmaker and stage director Stuart Gordon loves cooking shows so naturally he was drawn to a play about people who eat each other. See what he’s serving up with “Taste” (opening April 11 at Sacred Fools Theater in Hollywood).

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Review: 'The Raid 2: Berandal'

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Two years ago “The Raid Redemption” gave action junkies the kind of fix they dream about. Now the sequel, “The Raid 2: Berandal” (opening April 11 in select theaters) arrives on the scene.

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Review: 'Alan Partridge'

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British comedian Steve Coogan was just nominated for a writing Oscar for last year’s "Philomena." But he’s more in his element in the comedy "Alan Partridge" (opening April 11 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) where he reprises a role he created in the early 1990s for BBC TV.

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Rants And Raves: Opera

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San Diego Opera's "Don Quixote" may be the last opera produced by the company. I saw a performance Tuesday night that made me think about opera in history.

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Midday Movies: TCM's Charles Tabesh

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Not many people can claim Martin Scorsese, Carrie Fisher, Alec Baldwin and Cher as fans of their work but Charles Tabesh can. He is the vice president in charge of programming at Turner Classic Movies and a UCSD alumni. The Fifth Annual TCM Film Fest kicks off tomorrow in Hollywood.

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Ian Campbell's Last On-Camera Interview

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Ian Campbell's appearance at the premiere of San Diego Opera's "Don Quixote" on Saturday drew boos and heckling. On March 24, he gave what he says will be his last on-camera interview.

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Will 'Don Quixote' Be San Diego Opera's Swan Song?

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The San Diego Opera created a stir when it announced this will be its final season. Meanwhile, there’s still a production of "Don Quixote" that needs to be staged.

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Review: 'Ms. 45'

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If all you know about grindhouse films is what you learned from Quentin Tarantino, then let me school you on the real thing with a revival screening of the 1981 film "Ms. 45" (screening once only, Saturday at 10 p.m. at the Digital Gym Cinema).

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SDSU Offers Its First Zombies Class To Reanimate Students

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Zombies are everywhere in pop culture. "The Walking Dead" is a hit on TV, Brad Pitt just saved the world from them in "World War Z," and killing zombies is almost a rite of passage in video games. So with zombies not looking to shamble off into the sunset maybe it’s time to put them to better use. That’s what San Diego State is doing this semester.

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Review: 'Ernest And Celestine'

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The French-Belgian Oscar entry "Ernest and Celestine" (opening March 28 at Landmark's La Jolla Village Theaters) lost its bid for best animated earlier this month. It was robbed.

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Midday Movies: '5 Hour Friends'

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The first San Diego Film Awards took place recently in an effort to bring attention to filmmaking in town after the closure of the San Diego Film Commission. There was not a category for best feature film but that might change if more films like "5 Hour Friends" (opening March 28 at Reading Gaslamp and AMC Theaters) are shot in San Diego.

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Review: 'Nymphomaniac, Volume 1'

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Both controversy and acclaim have followed Danish director Lars Von Trier since his first international hit in 1996, "Breaking the Waves." He continues to enjoy provoking audiences with his latest film, "Nymphomaniac, Volume 1" (opening March 21 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas).

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San Diego Opera Announces Current Season Will Be Its Last

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After nearly a half century on stage, San Diego Opera is taking its final bow on April 13. Its board voted 33-1 Wednesday to fold amid financial concerns.

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Review: San Diego Latino Film Festival's Un Mundo Extraño

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The San Diego Latino Film Festival kicks off it’s 21st season tonight. But while it’s easy to fill the house with opening and closing night crowd pleasers, I suggest getting out of your comfort zone and checking out the bizarre world of Un Mundo Extraño.

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Behind The Scenes: San Diego Opera's 'A Masked Ball'

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Verdi’s "A Masked Ball" is an opera famous for its finale and -- SPOILER ALERT -- I'm going to tell you how it ends.

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Preview: Film Forward

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It’s a blessing and a curse to say that there is just too much good film stuff going on right now. In addition to Crispin Glover coming to town and a new film from Godfrey Reggio, there’s also Film Forward that kicked off last week and runs through March 9.

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Review: 'Visitors'

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Filmmaker Godfrey Reggio made a name for himself partnering with composer Philip Glass on a trio of wordless documentaries beginning with “Koyaaniqatsi” 30 years ago. "Visitors" (opening March 7 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) is his latest film and there would be more films to his credit if they weren't so hard to finance.

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Interview: Actor And Filmmaker Crispin Glover

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Crispin Glover’s film “What Is It?” wants audiences to ask precisely that question. And what better way to ask that question than in person with the filmmaker. That's precisely what you'll get this weekend with "Crispin Hellion Glover's Big Slide Shows" at the La Paloma Theater (March 7 and 8 at 7:00 p.m.).

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Preview: Wes Anderson Film Retrospective

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"The Grand Budapest Hotel" (opening March 14 in San Diego) is Wes Anderson's latest film and he taps many of his favorite actors. To prepare audiences for the film Fox Searchlight is hosting a retrospective of his films at The Digital Gym Cinema.

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Rants And Raves: The 86th Annual Academy Awards

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Well we made it through another Oscar ceremony. Here are some thoughts on Hollywood's spotlight on itself, plus some candid Oscar photo moments.

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Review: 'Almost Human'

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Ever since the success of the movie “Scream,” horror films have had a hard time taking themselves seriously. "Almost Human" (screening Friday and Saturday at the Digital Gym Cinema) is different. Actor Graham Skipper will field questions at the Friday screening.

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Oscars 2014: Pick Your Winners, San Diego

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The 86th Annual Academy Awards are this Sunday and if the winners tend to leave you scratching your head and yelling at the TV then here’s your chance to cast your own vote and choose your own winners.

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Review: 'Raze'

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Stuntwoman Zoe Bell (who doubled for Lucy Lawless as Xena and Uma Thurman in "Kill Bill") gets to showcase her skills in "Raze" (having its San Diego premiere Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m. at the Digital Gym Cinema).

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Rants And Raves: Marilyn Monroe

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Get out the firehose! It's a half-day marathon of classic Marilyn Monroe films courtesy of FilmOut (screening Saturday Feb. 22 starting at noon).

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Behind The Scenes: DNA New Works Series

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Developing new works is in the La Jolla Playhouse’s blood. Perhaps that’s why its DNA New Works Series is so appropriately named. Last year's inaugural series was a success and now begins the second season of this innovative play development program. 

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Review: 'The Wind Rises'

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Because of deteriorating eyesight, legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki has announced that "The Wind Rises" will be his last film. The Oscar-nominated film (opening Feb. 21 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) will be available in both English dubbed and subtitled versions.

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Oscar-Nominated 'Omar' Opens Friday In San Diego

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Palestinian actor Waleed Zuaiter stopped by the KPBS studios to talk about the Oscar-nominated film "Omar" that opens Friday at Landmark La Jolla Village.

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Opera Profile: Tenor Giuseppe Filianoti

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San Diego Opera’s “The Elixir of Love” opened this past weekend. The opera is all about love but the behind the scenes story about its tenor was almost a tragedy.

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San Diego Opera's 'The Elixir Of Love'

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It’s Valentine’s Day, love is in the air, and San Diego Opera has love for sale with Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love” (opening Saturday at the San Diego Civic Theater) American bass Kevin Burdette tells us all about l’amore.

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Review/Interview: 'We Are What We Are'

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“We Are What We Are” made my 10 Best List for 2013. But the only way to get the film screened in San Diego was to track it down and get the Digital Gym Cinema to run it for one night (screening once only at 9 p.m. on Feb. 15).

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Review: 'The Monuments Men'

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If you like George Clooney and friends in the “Ocean's” films then you will enjoy “The Monuments Men” (opened February 7 throughout San Diego). But if you liked the documentary “The Rape of Europa,” then this Hollywood fluff will leave you annoyed.

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Behind The Scenes: The Globe's 'The Winter's Tale'

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Barry Edelstein assumed the artistic directorship of the Old Globe at the end of 2012. But tonight marks the opening of the first play he has directed for The Globe, Shakespeare’s"'The Winter’s Tale."

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Preview: San Diego Jewish Film Festival

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The 24th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival kicked off Thursday night to a full house. Here's a preview of what's to come.

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Cartoonists At The Opera

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San Diego Opera kicked off its 2014 season with “Pagliacci” (playing Friday and Sunday matinee) and at the dress rehearsal there were cartoonists on hand to sketch the action.

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Behind The Scenes: San Diego Opera's 'Pagliacci'

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San Diego Opera kicks off its 2014 season this weekend with “Pagliacci" (at the Civic Theater) and the story plays out like a classic horror film.

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Preview: Human Rights Watch Film Festival

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Human Rights Watch wants to use film to make a difference in the world. The organization’s film festival returns to the Museum of Photographic Arts tonight for the fourth year.  

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Review: 'The Great Beauty' ('La Grande Bellezza')

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Italy’s "The Great Beauty” ("La Grande Bellezza") just received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film. It begins a one-week run at Landmark's Ken Cinema on Jan. 17.

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Oscar Nominations Announced For 86th Awards

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The 86th Academy Award nominations have just been announced with “12 Years a Slave,” “American Hustle,” and “Gravity” topping the list.

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Rants And Raves: "Dr. Strangelove"

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick's brilliant "Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb." You can see it Thursday as part of the Whistle Stop's Shot by Shot film series.

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Rants And Raves: The Golden Globes 2014

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Last night’s Golden Globes were made more exciting by a power outage in my neighborhood; not a lot of surprises and no one film dominated.

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Review: 'Birth Of The Living Dead'

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George A. Romero didn’t invent zombies but he defined them for the modern age in 1968 with his low-budget film “Night of the Living Dead.” Now a new documentary, "Birth of the Living Dead" (playing Thursday and Friday night at the Digital Gym Cinema) looks at the making of this cult classic.

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Behind The Scenes: 'Hot Guys Dancing'

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Diversionary Theater wanted dance on its program but couldn’t risk losing money. That’s when organizers came up with "Hot Guys Dancing" (the latest edition opens tonight and runs through Sunday).

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Rants And Raves: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is ridiculously talented. Check out his latest achievement, a new TV show called "HITRECORD on TV."

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Midday Movies: Cinema Junkie Awards

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Awards season is in full swing with “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle” leading the nominations from the Golden Globes, Critics Choice Awards, and Online Film Critics Society. Oscar nominations are due out on January 16 but you won't find those titles topping the Cinema Junkie Awards.

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Review: 'Contracted'

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“Contracted” (playing tonight and Saturday at 10 p.m. at the Digital Gym Cinema) is the perfect post-Christmas gift for horror fans courtesy of The Film Geeks.

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Review: 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

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The new Coen brothers film “Inside Llewyn Davis” (opening December 20 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas and Arclight La Jolla) is meticulously made, but is that enough?

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Rants And Raves: Peter O'Toole

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Peter O’Toole passed away over the weekend. He will be dearly missed but thankfully film will forever preserve his electric talent.

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How To Make An Orc Sword

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The second installment of the Hobbit Trilogy opened last night reigniting interest in the world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth with its hobbits, orcs, elves, and dwarves. I visited the Grossmont College Foundry where one student decided to try and forge an orc sword.

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Review: 'The Last Days On Mars' and "The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug'

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This weekend at the movies you can travel to Middle Earth by way of “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug” (opened at midnight last night throughout San Diego) or to Mars courtesy of the indie film “The Last Days on Mars” (playing one week only at Landmark's Ken Cinema December 13 to 19).

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'Tis The Season For Christmas Plays

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Tis the season for holiday theater fare and two San Diego standards are back. The Globe presents "Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas" for its 16th year, and Cygnet stages the classic "A Christmas Carol" for the second time.